Royal Society of Chemistry’s Inclusion and Diversity Fund

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Inclusion and Diversity Fund has grants available for up to £2000 to support projects that promote and improve the accessibility, inclusion and diversity of the STEM community.

The proposal may be relevant to any audience, age groups, careers stage, geographical region or sectors.

Applications can be submitted throughout the year, but funding decisions will only be made twice a year. The next application deadline is 30 April, with a funding decision by 31 May.

For more information or to begin an application, please contact Philippa Matthews at who ishappy to have informal discussions about your current projects and ideas for new activities even if you are not yet ready to apply for funding.


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Nuffield Research Placements (NRPs) – NEEDS YOU!

Could you change someone’s life this summer?

Nuffield Research Placements (NRPs) provide over 1,000 Year 12 students each year the opportunity to work alongside scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians over a 4-6 week period in their summer holidays. NRPs need more researchers to provide students with placements in summer 2016. Can you help?

NRPs have a focus on supporting students who do not have a family history of participating in higher education and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The programme provides travel costs for all students and an additional bursary for those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

NRPs work through regional networks to link talented students with organisations undertaking research. Placements are allocated through a  competitive programme and applicants are among the strongest STEM students in their schools.

RCUK supports NRPs and many of the placements are hosted by Research Council funded researchers each year. However, the scheme is so highly regarded that there are always more students than placements and therefore RCUK and Nuffield are calling on more researchers to get involved and host placements this summer.

Providing a placement will give you the opportunity to share your expertise and inspire the next generation of researchers. In addition, Nuffield students will make a significant contribution to one of your projects. For examples of previous placements visit

If you can help, please email Sophie Robinson ( The process is straightforward and your regional coordinator will provide help and guidance throughout.


Volunteer for the BSF: Science Busking!

Are you interested in taking part in the British Science Festival?  There is an opportunity to volunteer on the 6th and 7th of September.  This is through something called science busking, which is doing hands-on activities using everyday household items for the public.  On Saturday 6th, it will take place on centenary square outside the Birmingham library and on Sunday 7th, it will take place at the University of Birmingham as part of community day.
We will be running training in an evening before the festival, most likely Thursday 4th September.  Although you are not obliged to go, we strongly recommend that you attend this training.  The training ensures that you have had enough time to practice your activity as well as others and you will meet the people you will be volunteering with on the day. We will also give you general guidance about how to engage the general public. This training should not be longer than 2 hours.
You can either participate for a full day or half day, in which travel expenses will be refunded and a lunch voucher will be provided for all volunteers.  Here are the times available for half days:
If you stay for a full day, we will arrange shifts so that someone will cover your lunch break.
Volunteer places will be given on a first-come first-serve basis.  As we need to order t-shirts, please send us your t-shirt size and confirmation of your interest by Friday 15th August at 12pm.  Once you have sent your t-shirt size and your availability, your place will be confirmed and you will be put in the rota.  If for any reason you are unable to volunteer, please tell us as soon as possible so we can make sure there is a volunteer in your place.
If interested please contact:
Sarah Cosgriff
STEM Administrator (Birmingham & Solihull)
Student Recruitment
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
T: 0121 414 3167